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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Reading Buses, Reading Borough Council

Stop crippling Caversham bus cuts

For the second time in a year, Reading Buses has proposed to make substantial cuts to all bus services in Caversham. This follows earlier cuts and changes to some routes, back in February. The proposed cuts would see a reduction in bus services on routes 22, 23, 24, 25. This comes at a time where congestion is higher than ever before and there are now talks of the council (owners of RB) introducing a congestion charge, similar to central London. Therefore, the council are making driving into Reading as unattractive as its ever been, and yet they are also making public transport a less available alternative. Did I mention the council have also previously refused Uber to operate within the town? At a time when we should be seeing a viable alternative to cars, instead we are offered what will become a hugely compromised public transport network. Reading Buses has money to spare; they continue to invest heavily in other routes (namely the 17). But what is the use of high-tech lights, and charging ports and new information screens when there are no services for those high-tech buses to run on. And there's less and less information for the new screens to show. Reading Buses should prioritise a basic service before claiming it cannot afford to run it. Buses are a crucial part of any European city or town, and Reading is not an exception. In fact, the town currently prides itself on its bus network, though soon that may not be the case. If Reading Buses is struggling to get passengers on the bus, more and more cuts are certainly not the way forward; instead, providing a frequent and fast service makes the bus far more attractive and, most importantly, practical. By making Sunday services once every two hours all day, it becomes entirely impractical to simply go to the local shops by bus. Why would anyone bother? If Reading wishes to see the rate of growth it enjoys today, it cannot become complacent or, even worse, start taking steps in the wrong direction for its residents. Problems like congestion will not be solved in this way; they will only get worse. And residents will be let down by an appalling public transport service, if these cuts are to be implemented. Ultimately, it is a loose-loose situation for everyone on both sides. Please sign this petition to stop these cuts. RB has failed its passengers by not providing a consultation of any sorts, and there has so far been very little information. And these changes are intended to begin at the beginning of September, meaning there is very little time to sign! Reading is a growing town, so it's fundamentally wrong for its bus network to be shrinking. Ironically, RB boasts that in a country of declining bus travelling, the company is continuing to see growth. But Reading Buses needs to start supporting that potential for growth, otherwise it risks following the countrywide trend. If action isn't taken now to stop these cuts, a declining service is inevitable.

Cameron Moorcroft-Towers
688 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Mayor

To create a public park in the centre of Birmingham

Birmingham does not have a large park in its city centre - a glaring omission for the UK's second city. However, we currently have a unique opportunity to address this and it’s now or never! With the wholesale markets in Digbeth set to move, a large space of 14 hectares (about the size of 20 football pitches) will be created. This site, called Birmingham Smithfield, which is less than 5 minutes’ walk from New Street station and the Bullring, is an ideal location for a green park that could truly transform our city’s landscape. Unfortunately, according to its Visioning Document released in 2015, the council had other ideas and wanted to build on it, with very little public space and certainly no park as part of their plans. In March 2016, the council then released the Smithfield Masterplan and a new consultation, which this time included a proposal for a new park on one part of the site, as a direct result of this petition that was started in 2015 by CityPark4Brum. However the space allocated for this park is simply too small, being smaller than the Cathedral Green and is wedged in between other buildings. Therefore the CityPark4Brum campaign is continuing and is now into its third year. This petition presents an alternative vision for the site in accommodating cultural buildings, markets and transport links within one large area of open and green space, with new homes connected to it. Large parks like the one we are proposing provide the lungs and fresh air for a city and are good for both the private and public purse. In particular they improve our physical and mental health, promote social cohesion, reduce pollution and provide a site for open-air events.  Did you know that the council’s own Parks and Open Spaces Strategy (Section 5.4) highlights a lack of existing public open space in the city centre? In wards that cover the Digbeth area, the current open space provision is much lower than the council's target of 2 hectares per 1000 residents. Now 2000 additional homes are being proposed in the Masterplan with clearly an insufficient amount of new open space to go with it. Eastside Park and the Cathedral Green are the only green areas in or very near to the city centre for local residents and visitors. Other global cities are known and celebrated for having large parks at their centres, for example London, Berlin, New York and Washington. In fact, Central Park in New York is the city's main visitor attraction and generates $1Billion annually to the local economy. There is no doubt that global cities benefit from having large parks at their centres. The wholesale markets site is the last area of large open space left in Birmingham’s city centre that could be transformed in this way. So now it’s our turn and our last chance to have a large city centre park. Situated right next to the Bullring, it would be the missing piece of the jigsaw, a green hub that connects different parts of the city, making a legacy for generations to come. So please join the campaign to turn a brownfield site into a green one by signing this petition and following CityPark4Brum updates on Twitter, FaceBook and Instagram. The original petition was submitted to Birmingham City Council as part of their Smithfield consultations in 2015 and 2016. The new objective for 2018 is to send the updated petition to both the council and to Andy Street, the new West Midlands Mayor. So the CityPark4Brum campaign is still very much alive with new petition supporters and comments welcome.

James Tucker
7,465 supporters